The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating
wireless solutions for use in consumer applications, today announced
it is developing a new 3D standard cakked ZigBee 3D Sync.
The standard will create more flexible and efficient 3D connections
between 3D HDTVs and 3D glasses.
ZigBee 3D Sync will replace 30 year-old infrared (IR) technology
currently used in today's 3D products by providing a standard radio
frequency (RF) solution. It will allow consumers greater freedom of
movement while wearing 3D glasses without disrupting gaming or 3D
HDTV viewing. It will also eliminate interference due to ambient
light sources. ZigBee 3D Sync will provide a two-way communications
between 3D glasses and equipment, allowing them to switch
automatically between 2D and 3D video feeds. Plus, 3D glasses built
using ZigBee 3D will use energy more efficiently, giving consumers
more hours of 3D entertainment per charge.
The standard will deliver smarter functionality for 3D devices,
including support for:
- Multi-vendor 3D glasses interoperability
- Fully programmable display frame rates and shutter open/close
- Unlimited number of glasses
- Multiple user experience modes, for seamless switching between
3D and 2D
- Multi-player (full screen) 2D gaming, where each player
receives a separate 2D image
- Multi-player 3D gaming, where each player receives a separate
- Frequency agility for interference avoidance
ZigBee 3D Sync can be used simultaneously with the ZigBee Input
Device and ZigBee Remote Control standards introduced last year for
CE devices. All three standards utilize the ZigBee RF4CE
specification that was specifically designed to replace IR technology
and give manufacturers the capability to deliver higher performance
along with new features and conveniences not before possible.
When complete, ZigBee 3D Sync will be the Alliance's ninth standard.